Saturday, September 8, 2012

Nifty outfits for Gujarat forest officials.

Published: Monday, Sep 3, 2012, 17:46 IST
By Smitha R | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA
Tailors in and around Junagadh will learn about the proper cut and fit, thanks to National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). The institute is thinking of training some of them, particularly those who specialise in stitching uniforms, to ensure that new uniforms designed for forest and range officers of the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary have the best finish.
“The design is ready and the cloth will be sourced from Gurjari. Tailors who have already been stitching uniforms will be given preference for the training,” said Sameeta Rajora, director, NIFT.
She said that about 800 pairs of shirts and trousers will be made for the 400 officials working at the sanctuary. “The idea is to ensure proper cut and size for the uniforms,” said Rajora.
She said that the forest officials were also asked for their feedback at the time of designing the uniform. “They told us about the pocket cuts, the belt size and even the buttons that could make it more comfortable,” said Rajora.
The institute has also designed the accessories that the officials need to carry with them. “They carry arms, wireless sets, rope, etc. The accessories are designed keeping in mind the variety of things they carry,” she said.
Vishal Gupta, coordinator for the project and associate professor, said that the uniform colours for the field and range officers have been chosen as per their work and the amount of time they spend in the field.
“For winters, light and heavy jackets will be given. We have also suggested thermals in khakhi colour for extreme winters,” he said. Gupta said the best thing would be that with the uniform, the forest officials will have an identity of their own, whereas earlier they were confused with the police.

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